Issue: Feb 2011


Global Manufacturing QC 2011 Engineering Studies for Automotive Test-Intensive Assembly Lines



by Steve Barclay

Automotive component manufacturers with stringent requirements for functional performance tests of all products prior to market release who are seeking more realistic return-on-investment projections for expansion of global manufacturing facilities, can now get no-cost detailed engineering reports projecting ways to reduce costs while maintaining highest quality standards from InterTech Development Company’s Testing Applications Laboratory. These application-specific engineering reports will help automotive suppliers and manufacturers better gauge the real costs of integrating multiple facilities worldwide while still maintaining ISO 9001, ISO 12485:2003 and other quality standards.

Jacques Hoffmann, President of InterTech Development Company, explains that InterTech is making this service available to assist the great numbers of manufacturers that have aggressively expanded their globally-distributed manufacturing mistakenly thinking lower labor costs will directly correlate with higher profit margins. Hoffmann says, “In recent years InterTech has been called in to re-engineer test-intensive assembly lines throughout the world because of the high failure rates in functional performance of reject products from assembly lines. Quite often, plants had been built in areas where lower labor costs were assumed to translate into significantly higher profit margins but the real costs of designing systems that can safeguard product quality in regions with varying infrastructures, workforce skill levels, and ability to design test methods that deliver consistent Gauge R&R despite these variations are underestimated. We see this across the globe where lower paid labor is employed—from India, to China, to Latin America, and even in less industrial areas within developed nations.”

InterTech's Applications Laboratory engineers provide detailed engineering briefs for each global facility for whatever functional performance tests are required to ensure that products work according to specifications, checking--

· mechanical functions
· electric functions
· pneumatic tests
· building custom hydraulic test benches
· torque testing
· actuation
· pressure testing
· hydrostatic pressure testing
· lifecycle testing
· parts displacement
· and all other functional performance tests as required.

For more information on InterTech’s no-cost preliminary engineering brief testing, functional testing, and test-centric assembly (assembly & test) inquiries contact Gerald Sim, gsim@intertechdevelopment.com, +847 679 3377, fax: +847 679 3391.

InterTech Development Company (www.intertechdevelopment.com) is a world leader in automated testing with 7 patented mass flow and hydraulic technologies, as well as helium mass spectrometry (accredited to meet ISO-17025 International Standards for Quality Management). InterTech Development Company’s worldwide support organization maintains offices in North America, Asia, and Europe.



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